‘Showtime’ as Goosnargh and Whittingham festival launches with a bang

Launch  concert for the Goosnargh and Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival at Goosnargh Village Hall. Preston"s College Musical Theatre students prepare to go on stage. Picture by Paul Heyes, Sunday January 31, 2016.
Launch concert for the Goosnargh and Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival at Goosnargh Village Hall. Preston"s College Musical Theatre students prepare to go on stage. Picture by Paul Heyes, Sunday January 31, 2016.

“What a showcase for performing arts!” hailed Goosnargh and Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival secretary Stephanie Butters after Sunday’s successful festival ‘Showtime’ launch.

“Thank you to everyone concerned for the talented, friendly and enthusiastic bunch of young people who brought our village hall to life as we announced our new festival queen,” she added.

“It was a delight to see the hall packed and our special guests, the Mayor of Preston and Consort, the president of Longridge and North Preston Rotary Club and his wife and the chair of Whittingham Parish Council left full of praise for all concerned.”

She said performance arts lecturer Michael Cosgrove performing a rousing “Oh What a Night” and also a powerful duet with a student.

She said: “I know the college students and Hannah and Grace Chadwick had rehearsed exhaustively and their passion was evident, as was the commitment of the Oliversongs singers, the St Francis’ School Choir and the new St Francis’ School Band.

“Stage Manager, Alex Johnson and his team transformed the stage with clever lighting and sound man Colin Gornalland technician Sam from Preston’s College ensured the programme ran seamlessly. Total professionals every one.”

Roisin Quigg, 12, was chosen to be the 2106 festival queen and she will be crowned on festival day, Saturday,June 4.